How to Remove Hyperlinks in Word

Understanding Hyperlinks in Word

Hyperlinks in Word are clickable links that can be added to text, images, and other objects in your document. They can be used to link to a website, another document, or a specific location within your document.

Hyperlinks are typically displayed in blue and underlined text, and when clicked, they will open the linked content. While hyperlinks can be useful for providing easy access to additional information, they can also be distracting or unwanted in certain situations.

If you need to remove a hyperlink in Word, there are several methods you can use depending on your needs. In the following sections, we will discuss how to remove hyperlinks from selected text, the entire document, and how to prevent them from being created automatically in the future.

Removing Hyperlinks from Selected Text

If you only need to remove a hyperlink from a specific piece of text, you can do so easily in Word.

  1. First, select the text containing the hyperlink.
  2. Right-click on the selected text and choose “Remove Hyperlink” from the context menu.
  3. Alternatively, you can also press “Ctrl + Shift + F9” on your keyboard to remove the hyperlink.

Once you have removed the hyperlink, the selected text will return to its default formatting without any underlines or blue text. If you need to remove multiple hyperlinks from different parts of your document, you can repeat this process for each piece of selected text.

Removing All Hyperlinks in a Word Document

If you need to remove all hyperlinks in a Word document, you can use the “Clear Formatting” option to remove them all at once.

  1. Click anywhere within the document to select it.
  2. Press “Ctrl + A” on your keyboard to select all text in the document.
  3. Right-click on the selected text and choose “Clear Formatting” from the context menu. Alternatively, you can also press “Ctrl + Space” to remove all formatting, including hyperlinks.

This will remove all hyperlinks in your Word document, while retaining the formatting of the text. If you only need to remove certain types of hyperlinks, such as those linking to specific web addresses, you can use the “Find and Replace” function to locate and remove them selectively.

Using Keyboard Shortcuts to Remove Hyperlinks

If you frequently need to remove hyperlinks in Word, using keyboard shortcuts can save you time and effort.

Here are two keyboard shortcuts you can use to remove hyperlinks in Word:

  1. “Ctrl + Shift + F9”: This shortcut removes the hyperlink from the selected text.
  2. “Ctrl + Space”: This shortcut removes all formatting, including hyperlinks, from the selected text.

By using these keyboard shortcuts, you can quickly remove hyperlinks without having to navigate through the context menu or ribbon. This can be especially useful when you need to remove multiple hyperlinks throughout your document.

Preventing Hyperlinks from Being Created Automatically

In some cases, Word may automatically create hyperlinks when you type certain text, such as email addresses or web URLs. If you don’t want hyperlinks to be created automatically, you can turn off this feature in Word.

Here’s how to prevent hyperlinks from being created automatically in Word:

  1. Click on the “File” tab in the ribbon.
  2. Choose “Options” from the menu on the left.
  3. In the Word Options dialog box, click on “Proofing” in the left-hand pane.
  4. Click on the “AutoCorrect Options” button.
  5. In the AutoCorrect dialog box, click on the “AutoFormat As You Type” tab.
  6. Under “Replace as you type,” deselect the checkbox next to “Internet and network paths with hyperlinks.”
  7. Click “OK” to save your changes.

This will prevent Word from creating hyperlinks automatically when you type certain text. However, you can still manually create hyperlinks using the “Insert Hyperlink” function if you need to.

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